Rise Up, My Love (92): Behind the Veil

Kates-VeilSong of Solomon 4:1 “Thou hast doves’ eyes within thy locks.” The Hebrew rendering of “within thy locks” is “behind thy veil,” the word “veil” being the Hebrew samma, probably from the Aramaic semam, which means “to veil.” Introducing the veil at this point is another indication that this is the public marriage celebration, since women in those times typically wore headdresses but not veils, except for special events such as weddings.bridal-veil6The veil speaks of modesty, humility, chastity and purity. The veil limited the vision of those who would behold her, and by her own choice, the veil limited her vision of others. “My eyes are ever toward the Lord” (Psalm 25:15). Through the veil she could view her beloved alone. Her covering hid her from the un-understanding gaze of the world and kept her only unto her beloved. How beautifully her eyes must have shone out through the veil. I believe it was Charles Spurgeon who likened this to seeing twinkling stars through thin clouds! How Solomon’s heart must have longed to be able to draw her to himself and lift the veil that separated them from perfect communion. “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Can’t you feel our Lord’s longing to take us to himself? Don’t you groan for the veil to be lifted, so that we can enjoy the unobstructed glory of our Lord’s countenance? Oh, dear Jesus, may our eyes be shining like doves’ eyes behind the veil till we see you face to face! Our Wedding. Veil

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